“Centuries” by Fall Out Boy, Song Review

Very much in the style of all of Fall Out Boy, they’ve dropped a new song and have hinted at a new album sometime next year with very little to no warning.

Well, at least it wasn’t a few years wait this time.

The song starts out with a female voice (Lolo) singing the famous ‘do-doo-do’ melody that was originally found in a song “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega before diving right into a heavy piano tune to accompany the chorus. The old “Tom’s Diner” melody is present throughout the whole song, but it’s the lyrics that really swept me off my feet.

As usual, Fall Out Boy’s song writing is amazing. The chorus, talking about being on the brink of success and going down in history, is enough to take your breath. The lyrics are filled with lines that are so clever they just knock you off your feet and leave you stunned, thinking about what it could possibly mean. Pete Wentz told DIY that “The idea of the song is a David versus Goliath story. When we were growing up, it was like, ‘We’ll never be U2 because we’re from the suburbs of Chigago and nothing happens here,’ but the idea now is to inspire that kid – you can be the person up onstage and it’s only the power of your belief that’s going to get you there.”

Well, they definitely managed to create that feeling. At least from this music lover’s point of view.

The lyrics when paired with the music – a highly energetic melody, weaving in and out and all around that base melody of ‘do-doo-do’ – the song turns into something beautiful and inspiring, something that makes you want to go out and be remembered for centuries. It’s enough to give you chills.

I find it extremely fitting that they used that particular melody. That melody, for those who are familiar with it, is timeless. By using that melody paired with the context meaning of the song, it’s fair enough to say that they want their music to go down in history and be just as timeless as that tune. And I’m tempted to say that they will.

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